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HDB’s revamped showflats include studio apartment, eco features

SINGAPORE — A new Housing and Development Board (HDB) showflat gallery launched yesterday, its first revamp in 12 years, features for the first time a studio apartment showflat and an interactive design-your-own-flat station.

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SINGAPORE — A new Housing and Development Board (HDB) showflat gallery launched yesterday, its first revamp in 12 years, features for the first time a studio apartment showflat and an interactive design-your-own-flat station.

Housed on the third floor of the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh, My Nice Home Gallery was previously known as the HDB Habitat Forum. The studio apartment showflat allows prospective buyers to view elderly-friendly fittings in such units, including built-in wardrobes and kitchen cabinets, sliding partitions, grab bars and pull cords linked to an alarm system.

The other showflats have also been renovated in collaboration with interior designers and furniture manufacturers. They sport modern features such as eco-pedestals in bathrooms that recycle water for toilet flushing and open-concept kitchens, which the HDB introduced as an option in September 2012.

Prospective buyers can furnish their virtual homes at an interactive station, which allows them to choose from a palette of flat types, colour schemes and furniture items, and contact manufacturers directly for fittings.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who attended the launch event yesterday, noted that many Singaporeans would spend time researching and planning the renovation of their HDB flats. “As the standard of HDB’s interior climbs, our gallery has to move forward, too,” he said.

Mr Khaw also presented awards to 15 winners of the inaugural My Nice Home photo contest held last month. Winning entries included a cafe-themed four-room flat with string lights and a chalk board. The gallery is open from 8am to 5pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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